Supporting smartphone-based behavioral activation: A simulation study

Jakob Eyvind Bardram, Darius A. Rohani, Nanna Tuxen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Lars V. Kessing

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Abstract

Behavioral activation has shown to be a simple yet efective therapy for depressive patients. The method relies on extensive collection of patient reported activity data on an hourly basis. We are currently in the process of designing a smartphone-based behavioral activation system for depressive disorders. However, it is an open question to what degree patients would use this approach given the high demand for user input. In order to investigate this question, we collected paper-based behavioral activation forms from 5 patients, covering in total 18 weeks, 115 days, and 1,614 hours of self-reported activity data. In this paper we present an analysis of this data and discuss the implications for the design of a smartphone-based system for behavioral activation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC 2017 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Number of pages14
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date11 Sep 2017
Pages830-843
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351904
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2017
Event2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States
Duration: 11 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period11/09/201715/09/2017
SponsorAssociation for Computing Machinery, Flybits, Intel, National Science Foundation, Sigmobile

Keywords

  • Behavioral activation
  • Depression
  • Mental health
  • Smartphone

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